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Windows 7: Search programs and files blank/no results

11 Jun 2011   #41
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Or if you want to create User Account in a Command Prompt



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11 Jun 2011   #42
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Haha, whoa. That is a lot to take in for a first timer. I will have to read thoroughly...

I just wanted to know if there was a way to copy this 'profile' or 'account' to a new one.
If it is, it just copies all of my settings, correct? Will all my programs work?
also, should I create a new one as admin or standard? This is my only acct and it's Admin.

If I do manage to clone this account, if the new one is working good. Would it be harmful to delete this account? Probably not all easily answered questions, but I'm a bit in the dark on this idea.
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11 Jun 2011   #43
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

LOL, sorry. Go to Control Panel, User Accounts, Click on Manage another account. You will then have a link to create another account, follow directions.
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11 Jun 2011   #44
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Britton, haha..I didn't mean your post was alot to take in. That was directed at James about the Macrium program, sorry.

My other inquiries still remain, though! I think I'm going to follow this http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...d-user-profile

My main concern is that everything will work on the new acct, IE; programs, and will I have all my files?

thanks again, guys
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11 Jun 2011   #45
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sloth1 View Post
Britton, haha..I didn't mean your post was alot to take in. That was directed at James about the Macrium program, sorry.
As far as the imaging goes, download it and give it a shot. It's not as complicated as it may seem, and you can only benefit by the effort.

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My other inquiries still remain, though! I think I'm going to follow this Fix a corrupted user profile

My main concern is that everything will work on the new acct, IE; programs, and will I have all my files?

thanks again, guys
Yes, you will still have all of your files. But if you don't feel up to imaging, I would at least copy my important data to that empty partition. If something goes wrong, you'll be gald you did.
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11 Jun 2011   #46
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, I know that backing up my stuff using the imaging would probably be best. I do have an external HDD with all of my important files on it, at least.

What do you guys think is the best way to copy my current user profile to a brand new one? This way seems way simpler than the previous one I posted, I wonder what the difference is? In Windows, what is a user profile, and how do I copy one user profile to another? - Knowledge Base

My 'Copy To' option is greyed out, but maybe that's because I haven't created a new user yet?

I like to be very thorough before doing something I've never done before if you haven't noticed
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11 Jun 2011   #47
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I was going to direct you HERE but the one you have looks very good. Also making an image may also image the problem you are having, but make a backup of your personal files. After doing that tutorial, you may have to reinstall your programs. Look at option 2 in the link I posted.
You can also just create a new temp account and play with it to see if your issue goes away.
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11 Jun 2011   #48
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sloth1 View Post
What do you guys think is the best way to copy my current user profile to a brand new one? This way seems way simpler than the previous one I posted, I wonder what the difference is? In Windows, what is a user profile, and how do I copy one user profile to another? - Knowledge Base
This link ^ just copies the profile. The previous links shows you how to copy user files over. Use the previous link. Just take your time. These things seem more complex when just reading, but read through it a few times until it starts to make a bit of sense, then start the process.

A couple of tips:

1. Do print out the info here:

Fix a corrupted user profile

(or have site on another computer)

2. DO! make sure that you don't delete your old admin account until you are through this. Some have wound up locking themselves out of their systems because they have deleted all of their admin accounts.

3. Do as much backup as possible. Imaging is the best. If you're not in a hurry, take the time to learn it. If you are, learn it later. The first time your system is hosed and you are back up and running with a restored image backup, you will be ecstatically glad that you did.

Imaging now will indeed image your current issues, but better to revert to your current status than possibly be locked out or crashed with no way back. One can't be too paranoid regarding one's data.

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My 'Copy To' option is greyed out, but maybe that's because I haven't created a new user yet?
Yes.
Quote:
I like to be very thorough before doing something I've never done before if you haven't noticed
A good quality!

Let us know how it goes, and post if you have more questions.

James
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11 Jun 2011   #49
sloth1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for the great info, guys. Really, really helpful.

I have a couple more questions before I go on. On the 'fix corrupted profile' article, it says Select all of the files and folders in this folder, except the following files:

Ntuser.dat

Ntuser.dat.log

Ntuser.ini

however, I don't even see those in the folder. Here is a screen shot of my folder.

lastly, should I make my new accounts as admin? (it says I need 3 accounts for this method to work)
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11 Jun 2011   #50
James Colbert

 
 

This should help:

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

They are files in your user folder (i.e., Users\Sloth)

Those are the files you won't copy over.

I would make the new account as admin.
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